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Fifth batch of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s declassifed files made public

The Fifth batch of 25 declassified files relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was released online on the web portal netajipapers.gov.in. The present batch of 25 files consists of two files from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) (1951 to 1953), 14 files from Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)(1956-2008) and nine files of the Cabinet Secretariat (1956 to 2006), which run into 2248 pages. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It may be recalled that first lot of 100 files relating to Netaji, after their preliminary conservation treatment and digitisation, were put in the public domain by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 23 2016, on the occasion of the 119th birth anniversary of Netaji. The second batch of 50 files, the third batch of 25 files and the fourth batch of 25 files were released subsequently on March 26, April 29 and May 27, 2016 respectively.With Wednesday’s release, 225 declassified files on Netaji have come into the public domain which includes nine files of the Cabinet Secretariat also. Netaji have come into the public domain which includes 9 files of the Cabinet Secretariat also.The present release of 25 files will further meet the continued public demand to access these files and this will also help scholars carry out further research on the doyen of the freedom movement. These files have passed the scrutiny of the specially constituted Committee with experts from the field of Archives who looked into the aspects: 1. To ascertain the physical conditions of the files and carry out necessary repair and conservation wherever needed, through Conservation Unit. 2. To verify the quality of digitisation for enabling the digitised records to be uploaded on netajipapers.gov.in. 3. To check if there is any duplication in the files are being released on the internet for use by the researchers and general public. In 1997, the National Archives of India had received 990 declassified files pertaining to the Indian National Army (Azad Hind Fauj) from the Ministry of Defence. In 2012, 271 files/ items pertaining to the Khosla Commission, and 759 files/ items of Justice Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry, in total 1030 files/items were received from the Ministry of Home Affairs. All these files/ items are already open to the public under the Public Records Rules, 1997.

Can lawyers be exempted from remaining period of odd-even scheme: Delhi HC asks AAP govt

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday asked the AAP government whether there was any possibility of exempting advocates for the remaining period of the ongoing second phase of the odd-even scheme which would continue till 30 April.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath made the query while hearing a petition which has sought exemption for lawyers from the scheme and also against imposition of Rs 2,000 as fine for violation without proper amendments in the Motor Vehicles Act.

“We will take up the matter tomorrow and you (counsel for the government) take instructions if there is any possibility of exempting lawyers from remaining period of odd-even scheme, which will expire on 30 April,” the bench said.

Delhi government’s senior standing counsel Rahul Mehra told the bench that like the first round held in January, the second round of the odd-even scheme from 15 April to 30 April was for a limited period.

“This (odd-even scheme) will end on Saturday (30 April). This is on experiment basis,” he said.

Advocate Rajiv Khosla, the petitioner in the matter, maintained that the government was saying that the demands of advocates were duly considered but out of the total number of lawyers in the national capital, only 10 per cent were having cars.

“Number of cars used by lawyers per day here is only about 3,000,” he said while giving the break up of cars used by lawyers in the high court, the Supreme Court, district courts and forums.

Representational image. Tarique AnwarRepresentational image. Tarique Anwar

Representational image. Tarique Anwar

During the hearing, the bench observed, “This is a policy decision for a limited period.”

To this, Khosla, who is also the President of the Delhi High Court Bar Association, said, “Lawyers are a different class. The Supreme Court says we cannot go on strike.”

The bench then said, “Doctors also have their problems (in odd-even scheme).”

Khosla responded, “Lawyers have to carry books and files. Lawyers have to reach courts and forums on time and working of courts cannot come to a standstill if they are not present due to this scheme.”

Referring to the newspaper reports, he argued that Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has also said that the pollution level has not come down during the odd-even scheme.

“Let them (government) allow lawyers for remaining period of the odd-even scheme,” he said.

Mehra, however, said that he would seek instruction on it after which the bench posted the matter for tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the high court asked the Delhi government to file its counter on a separate plea which has sought quashing of the notification restricting movement of vehicles on the basis of odd-even registration numbers here.

The plea, filed by Delhi resident Rohini Jolly, came up for hearing before the bench where the counsel appearing for the petitioner said that the government, in its affidavit filed in the matter, has not said anything on the issue raised by him.

“They (government) have exempted women on the ground that there was safety issue in public transports here. There is no rationale to exempt only the women who can drive,” the counsel said.

The court has fixed the plea for hearing on 19 July.

In its affidavit filed in the court, the government said that the odd-even scheme was in the “light of the dangerous levels of pollution which have plagued the NCT region and is harming the health and safety.”

It said that issues raised by petitioners were discussed in meeting chaired by the Chief Minister on 6 April to review the preparation of the scheme.

It said after due deliberations, the objections raised by the petitioners were rejected on merit and it was decided that the scheme should continue along with certain exemptions which were decided after detailed deliberations.

The government also said “massive public opinion” exercise was carried out on the issue.

It said 276 ‘mohalla sabhas’ were conducted on 6 February and 7 February, 2016 in which 43,113 people have participated.

275 ‘mohalla sabhas’ said that odd-even scheme should be brought back while 267 sabhas said that this scheme should be made permanent, it said, adding that nine sabhas were of the view that it should be done for 15 days or a month during the second phase.

The government also said that 238 ‘mohalla sabhas’ said two-wheelers should be exempted from odd-even scheme while 132 sabhas said that exemption should be given to the women.

‘Make In India’ is more nationalistic than realistic, says US varsity chancellor

The ‘Make in India’ slogan seems more nationalistic than realistic and adequate infrastructure and logistics and properly-tuned bureaucracy are needed to make the strategy real, says the Indian-origin chancellor of a leading US university.In an interview, University of California Chancellor Pradeep K Khosla, who was in India, speaks on a range of issues including the NDA government’s flagship programmes like Make in India and startups. Excerpts of the interview:<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>What is your experience and understanding about the slogans ‘Start up India, Make in India’?I have to tell you a little story. Recently I was standing outside a Pan-IIT meeting and I saw 10-12 young students all in their last year or so ready to graduate. So I stop those guys and say, it is so good you will graduate, but who will you go and work for?Not one, not even one of them named any company that you know of. Each and every one of them wanted to do a start-up.At that time something occurred to me that there is something fundamentally changing in this country and what was changing was that especially in the IITs was this notion of a can-do attitude where you did not have to work for anybody you could build your own start up, build your own company, get your own wealth. I am really bullish of the start-up strategy in India.So are start-ups now managing to distribute wealth in India?So when I was growing up that was long time ago, a few families, really a handful controlled all the wealth in India.I look back now most of the people I have met have made their money in the last 15-20 years, that is the power of information technology, how it has transformed the country, generated wealth spread wealth, and distributed wealth.More people today can afford more things than what they could when I was growing up and I was in a middle class family. What I could afford then is what a poor person can afford today.There is this talk of ‘make in India’ and a lot of people say you can’t make in India till you discover or invent in India, you are a scientist what do you think of that?I think there is some truth to that, to understand that you have to look at for example China. China became a low cost manufacturing hub especially for electronics some 20-25 years ago. But China just did not stop there, it then invested in its universities. It also invested in research.Today China is the number two producer of research after the US in the world. In India that is not the case, India never built a manufacturing base in the broad sense of the term. I think ‘make in India’ makes some sense but the slogan seems more nationalistic rather than realistic because you need to ask yourself, do we have the infrastructure, the logistics, the bureaucracy tuned properly to create the make in India strategy real.

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